Thursday, May 01, 2014

Review: Vengeful Ghoul - Timeless Warfare

Starting out in 2004, Vengeful Ghoul have taken the time to perfect their craft as a band. They waited two years before releasing their demo, Premier Fury, and another seven long years before dropping the single for Ruthless Crow, a track that appears on their entry full-length album Timeless Warfare. Time is always of the essence, as it's a precious resource that we cannot recover as human beings; has the long wait proven itself in favor of this Turkish group?

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: February 11th, 2014
  1. Chained Freedom
  2. The Sovereign Place
  3. Ruthless Crow
  4. My Crowded Solitude
  5. Under Control
  6. Schaukelstuhl
  7. Search for Apeiron
  8. Fire & Spell
  9. Timeless Warfare
Total Playtime: 57 minutes, 43 seconds




Rating: 10/10




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Starting out in 2004, Vengeful Ghoul have taken the time to perfect their craft as a band. They waited two years before releasing their demo, Premier Fury, and another seven long years before dropping the single for Ruthless Crow, a track that appears on their entry full-length album Timeless Warfare. Time is always of the essence, as it's a precious resource that we cannot recover as human beings; has the long wait proven itself in favor of this Turkish group?

With one look at the album cover that adorns this material, various descriptives may come to mind; cold, bland, ordinary... boring. It isn't something that would inspire the metal head to put the CD into the tray and hit play, but by the metal gods will you be happy that you did. If Dio and Iced Earth had a baby, by right Vengeful Ghoul would be the prince offspring of the leaders of heavy metal. As aggressive as it is tame, as passionate as it is powerful, as gentle as it is heavy, Timeless Warfare is a timeless album in itself, made up of enduring monuments that will surely stand the test of time and bring the band to the forefront lines in the metal legion.

The content is nearly set into two chapters, with the first half of the album being fast paced heavy metal and the latter comprised of more soothing and relaxed compositions; though each 'side' has their opposite bits. With goose bumps riddling the flesh of the listener, this is all the proof that one will need to say that the energetic, passionate vocals are absolutely stunning; they wail, they scream, they whisper, they ascend and descend nearly every octave known to man while keeping a certain grittiness to them that conveys a witchy, evil vibe. The fantasy versus non-fiction lyrics contrast greatly and are told magnificently through Emre, whose consistent vocal progression knows only the limitations of his mortal body.


When it comes to the instruments, nearly everything that the power and heavy metal loving crowd craves is present. You want face melting high octane solos with hammer ons/pull offs and tapping? How about wicked gallops? Rhythm scales? Blistering drum beats? Acoustics? Loud bass? This material has all of your bases covered in crystal clear sound quality and spot on mixing. Wrap it all up with some gentle synths to caress the background every now and then, as in "Schaukelstuhl", and you've got yourself a slightly atmospheric power metal experience for the ages. From the stellar tapping solo in "Ruthless Crow" that has galloping power riffs and drums that don't miss a beat right down to the overall kick ass tune "The Sovereign Place" and all the way to where the material slows down with the epic "My Crowded Solitude" the audience will find themselves headbanging, fist pumping and lighter swaying the whole way through. And, wait a minute, all that intense power house riffage is done by a woman, whoa! Satan on a stick, now aren't you glad you looked past that damn cover?

Pretty much the only downside to Timeless Warfare is the mundane cover, but what awaits the listener inside is some of the greatest power metal of all time. The vocalist in particular really channels the spirit of the mighty Dio, while the rest of the band could be mistaken at times for members from Iced Earth. However none of the content is ripped from either of the aforesaid artists, rather it is dripping with unique compositions that make this release a diamond in the rough.

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